Halep wins second title in as many weeks


Simona Halep made it two titles in as many weeks as she defeated Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens in the final at Hertogenbosch.

The unseeded Romanian won her first ever WTA title on clay in Nuremburg just last week but showed she is the tour’s in-form player with a 6-4 6-2 win over the fourth seed as she quickly adapted to the grass.

Halep has now won 16 of her last 18 matches including qualifiers and she also beat the top seed (Roberta Vinci) and the third seed (Carla Suarez Navarro) on her way to victory in Holland.

She took full advantage of a poor serving performance from Flipkens to take the victory, breaking the Belgian on five occasions during the match.

The 21-year-old will now be identified as a dark horse for Wimbledon where she faces Olga Govortsova in the first round before a potential second round meeting with sixth seed Li Na.